How To Use A Convection Microwave | Oven Series | Cakes And More | Baking For Beginners
Hi! This is Suma Rowjee and I write a baking
blog called Cakes And More. This video is about using a convection microwave for baking.
I have been using my LG convection microwave for baking since the last 3 plus years and
it has worked really well for me. So I thought we would make a video on how to use a convection
microwave. Broadly speaking there are 3 types of microwave
ovens we see here in India. One is the basic or the solo microwave, which we use for cooking
and re-heating. Then we have the microwave cum grill in which you can cook, re-heat and
grill food as well. And then we have the convection microwaves, which you can use for cooking,
baking, re-heating and grilling food. So basically you can do everything in a convection microwave.
If you have purchased a convection microwave for your kitchen, congratulations! You have
purchased a very good gadget for your kitchen. Sometimes it happens that we are gifted ovens,
and we don’t use them for a very long time. We end keeping them somewhere in the kitchen
and so many years we realize there is an oven and you are inspired to bake. So how do you
know the one you have is a convection microwave? Let’s take a look at the panel here. There
is microwave, grill, convection, combination, the timer here, Stop button, Start button,
and increase and decrease buttons. This basically helps you increase and decrease the temperature
you would have set on the convection mode. This entire panel is digital, and everything
that is displayed here is digital. So that really helps you set the timer and the temperature
as accurately as you want. So if you need to set your microwave on microwave
mode, you could press ‘Microwave’. Then you can see that it sets at the maximum power
here which is at 900 watts. My microwave sets at 900 watts. And if you want to reduce the
power level, all you need to is repeatedly press the same button so that the power level
varies. You will find it useful if you want to melt chocolate in the microwave – then
this is something you really need to know. Because we would need to melt it at medium
power and not at HIGH power. Otherwise you may not find this function very useful.
And then you have a grill mode here. And there is convection. And this of course is for grilling
food. You just press Grill and then set the timer.
When you buy a convection microwave, you can expect these accessories to come along with
your microwave. This is the grilling rack, this is the shorter rack which you will use
for baking, and most probably you will something big and flat tray or something for making
pizza. That’s the intention with which they give you this tray. But I normally use this
for baking custards, because this works very well as a water bath for me.
And then inside your microwave, there will be a glass turntable. And this remains inside
the microwave oven at all times no matter what you are doing. Whether you are using
it on Microwave mode or Grill or Convection. This always, always remains inside the microwave.
In case you do not have any of these accessories in your microwave, if you haven’t used your
microwave for a while, then you should contact your service center and they should be able
to provide you these accessories for a price. Let us see how we operate this on convection
mode. Whenever you use a convection microwave for baking, you always need to pre-heat the
oven. Except in very rare cases in very rare cakes where you are required to set the temperature
and then put the cake inside the oven, so that it starts pre-heating at that point of
time. But then that kind of a thing would not really be possible in a convection microwave.
So normally baking any cake or cookies or breads or pizza or just about anything, you
always need to pre-heat the oven. So let us see how we pre-heat the convection
microwave. When you need to pre-heat, of course the first thing you need to do is place the
shorter rack inside the oven. And this would be doing before your cake or cookie batter
is almost ready. Because this hardly takes about 5 minutes to pre-heat.
You press the convection button, you see that it sets at 180C or 350F by default. Assuming
your recipe needs you to set the temperature at 190C, what you do is increase, it is now
190C. You want to do it to 200, 210, 220, 230, 240 and 250C. This will be the maximum
temperature you could set at. And decreasing the temperature, the same way. Keep on pressing
the decrease buttons.
And as you can see, 40C is the lowest. There isn’t 50, 60, 70, 80 or 90, the next will
be 100. And then on, you can increase the temperature again.
So assuming we want to set the temperature to 180C. So this is at 180, we just press
the start button. Now you can see that the oven is pre-heating. You can see this here.
The oven will take a couple of minutes to reach 180C. When the oven is hot, we can hear
So this is the beep you would hear when the oven reaches 180C. Press Stop. Then put your
cake or bake or whatever inside. At this point you want to make sure, even before you pre-heat,
you want to make sure the lower rack is stable and in the center of the turntable. And then,
close the door and then set the timer. Say about 25 minutes. Press 10, 10. So this is
set for 25 minutes at 180C. So coming to the advantages of a convection
microwave, there are some advantages and some disadvantages and some disadvantages as well.
So when you use a convection microwave the best thing is the fast pre-heat feature, which
happens in about 5 minutes even if you want to set it a maximum temperature of 250C. This
is not possible in an OTG, it will take much longer. But the maximum time here will be
about 5 minutes, not more than that. So even in school days or in your office rush, you
can take the time to just pop in some cookie dough or some cake batter and make some muffins
for yourself and the kids. And then the digital display which helps you to set the temperature
and the timer very accurately. And then there is space optimization also. Because this works
for cooking, heating, baking as well. So if you do not have any kind of a baking gadget
or even a microwave, then it makes great sense to invest in a convection microwave. Because
you could do everything in this. The heat In a convection is more even as your
cake or cookies bake , the turntable keeps rotating , so it helps in even distribution
of heat. So there is no real need to rotate the tray from front to back and back to front
half-way through baking (for cookies)because it anyways keeps rotating all the time.
There are also some disadvantages of using a convection microwave. Nothing really that
would stop you from using a convection microwave. But then the oven is limited by capacity.
This is a 30 liter convection microwave. You can bake but only on one level here. Once
you place the low rack here, this is all the space you have here to keep your baking tin.
So you can’t place another rack and bake 2 trays at a time. You could try doing this,
but I wouldn’t really recommend. Am not sure if it would bake well, you could end
up with the bakes both here and here not properly baked. So you don’t really want to take
a chance like that. Then the other thing is if you want to use a slightly larger tray
here, then you would not be able to use it. As the turntable keeps rotating, the sides
of the tin will hit the walls of the microwave and you would find that a problem. So be sure
that before you bake anything, you first keep the tray in here, if it is a slightly larger
tin, switch on the oven, see if it rotates freely. Only then you can plan to bake.
I use this more often than I use my OTG now, especially because of the fast pre-heat feature.
So this on convection mode works just the way as an OTG works when it is baking. So
please do not have any kind of hesitation to use this for baking.
And coming to the bake ware you could use for baking,you could use everything you use
in an OTG.Like Borosil or Pyrex , be sure it is very good quality glass when yiu put
it in the microwave or it may shatter. You could also use regular aluminum tins we use,
silicon, porcelain ramekins and other oven-proof bake ware.
Thank you for watching this video, I hope you found it useful. Please leave your comments
and let me know your suggestions and feedback.